Stroke of fate
Gabon’s vice-president, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, has confirmed that President Ali Bongo Ondimba has had a stroke. Bongo fell ill during a conference in Saudi Arabia in October. He is receiving further treatment in Morocco. Moussavou has now taken on more of an active role in the country’s politics, after the Constitutional Court ruled that he may chair a Cabinet meeting, which had been put on hold ever since Bongo was admitted to hospital.
Streaming Africa’s talent
Netflix will next year launch its first original series from Africa. Titled Queen Sono, the series will feature South African actress Pearl Thusi and will be co-directed by comedian Kagiso Lediga. It is a drama about a secret agent who takes on missions to better the lives of people on the continent. Netflix is focusing on expanding into Africa and has recently acquired rights to Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji’s movie Lionheart.
Mozambique’s ‘ghost’ officials
Thirty-thousand “ghost employees” cost the Mozambican government $250-million over two years. The “employees” were either fictitious, not working for the government or dead. The government discovered its ghost workforce when it conducted “proof of life” tests on its 348000 workers.more than half the state’s expenditure is spent on salaries. Minister of State Administration Carmelita Namashulua said this had cost the government about $250-million between 2015 and 2017.
Political crisis in Somalia
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, faces a motion of no confidence. He was accused of violating the Constitution “by engaging [in a] secret memorandum of understanding with foreign countries”, AFP reported. The motion comes after Farmajo’s historic meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister
Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki a month ago during which the nations began to discuss improving their economic ties.
This week Kenya unveiled its new currency design, which replaces the faces of presidents with images of animals. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the new designs embrace Kenya’s heritage. The new look one, five, 10 and 20 shilling coins are now embossed with a lion, an elephant, a hippo and a giraffe. The old coins feature former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi. Kenya’s new constitution, adopted in 2010, prohibits the use of portraits on the country’s currencies.
Yellow vest ban
The Egyptian government has restricted sales of fluorescent yellow vests, and has arrested a lawyer who wore one. The vests have been worn during the current protests in France, where they are known as gilets jaunes. Egypt is trying to forestall copycat protests. “[The government] made us sign statements that we won’t sell yellow vests,” one Cairo trader said. “Anyone who sells a single vest will put himself in big trouble.” — Briefs compiled by Gemma Ritchie, Mashadi Kekana and Sarah Smit, sourced from Africa News, BBC Africa, AFP, Daily Nation, The Nation, Reuters and Sky News